I'm not able to find small seed dishes. The dishes that come with the cage are quite huge but I use them because they fit perfectly into the cage. I also use smaller clip on dishes but they are still quite large and deep. This means that I need to fill the dishes with seeds or whatever other food I'm offering my budgie and then end up throwing most of it away since my budgie isn't able to reach far into the dish.
I know this sounds like a silly problem and it isn't a big problem but I was wondering if anyone has any brilliant ideas on how I could reduce the volume of my dishes? When I'm offering vegetables, e.g. broccoli, I use put part of the stem at the bottom of the dish and then finely cut broccoli floret pieces on top.
Is there anything else that I could put in the dishes to reduce their volume or rather to fill up the bottom and effectively make them more shallow? I'd need something that is safe, potentially edible and doesn't get spoiled easily, maybe last for 2 days at least. Oh and something that can go in with seeds.
I just put the food very shallow at the bottom.. my budgies hold onto the side and lean down for the food without a problem. And if the dish is big enough they just jump in and eat. They usually don't have a problem going into dishes... small or large, they can always reach the bottom.
May I ask why you think you need to make the dishes more shallow?
I use stainless steel food dishes for all of my birds and I never worry about "filling them up". I simply place the appropriate amount of food in them for each day. The budgies are quite able to sit on the side of the dishes and bend down to reach the seed/pellets or veggies in each one.
Yes. They are way more talented than that too. You should see how they get into hard-to-reach places! When they're determined to get in somewhere or get something, they'll keep on trying..I love that about them too...They're so adorable!
To answer your question, as many members have pointed out, they will reach out for the food. And if a container happens to be too deep, they'll jump inside it too...at least my birds do... It's not like I add deep containers inside their cage or anything, its just an observation. I happened to catch one of my birds inside a deep container placed in my room, that I had bought from the market the other day. It was new and I had forgotten to keep it in the kitchen. Funny how birds remind us stuff we ought to do.
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Oh..to be honest I just assumed she wouldn't be able to reach the bottom and that I had to fill the dishes to the brim but you are probably right. She is quite the little acrobat.
Anyway tonight I filled her dish only 3/4 and I guess, I'll slowly reduce how much I stuff into them. I'd be happy with filling the large ones only half full and I guess thinking back to the acrobatics I've often seen her doing she could still easily get to her food but I'd like to be sure first.